Sunday, 25 September 2011

Drive me anywhere


Drive is one of the most stylish films that I have seen in a long while, from the cinematography to the soundtrack, it is brilliant. Hollywood sweetheart Ryan Gosling is great in the brooding, slightly menacing lead role, enhanced by his amazing style; scorpion embroidered white silk bomber jacket, crisp dark indigo trucker jacket, gold boots, aviators and leather driving gloves!
The soundtrack is also a perfect complement of electro high octane tunes and foreboding retro drones.
See this film now, but get ready to cover your eyes and ears. It is an intense ride.


Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Friday, 29 July 2011

Jade Mellor






















Doing a bit of research for a jewellery feature I came across Jade Mellor's work & had to share it. I am definitely feeling the importance of marble, sedimentary and petrified materials for the next few seasons, moving on from the natural quartz and colored crystals that have populated costume collections.

Jade Mellor's Malachite ring, (first image) perfectly captures that ancient, amazing natural beauty, with all of the natural imperfections and tonal variations celebrated in a small, wearable piece of art.


The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant
























Last week I went to see the Rainer Werner Fassbinder film 'The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant', as part of the TEST presents... series of fashion film shown in different locations around London.

A colleague raved about it before I went to see it, claiming it was one of his favourite films, I was then a bit dubious..... but it was one of the more interesting things I've seen in a while.

As part of the Test presents series a designer of fashion professional chooses the film and does a little intro and Q & A afterwards, and this month was the turn of illustrator/ designer/ film maker Julie Verhoven, who's work I have always liked. The film was an obvious choice for her and there were a number of aesthetic traits that have clearly influenced or underlined her signature style.

The story surrounds an intensely emotional  fashion designer, Petra Von Kant, bitter and reclusive after a recent divorce, and on meeting a young woman named Karin, she throws herself into an all-consuming affair, which ultimately doesn't end well.

The whole film takes place in her flat/ studio, dressed in luxurious, rich textures and colors, only outdone by the amazing costumes that Petra stalks around in. From a fashion point of view, this film is pure inspiration, with a lasting effect of daydreaming over the subtle undertones and intense relationships played out in the narrative.

Tumblrrrrrrrr


Hey! I started a Tumblr. Check it out.
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Friday, 22 July 2011

Jun Kaneko




























No I am by no means an expert in the Contemporary Ceramics Movement, but these pieces by Jun Kaneko are just amazing.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Access denied































All images Celine Cruise 2012


I love Celine, you love Celine, everyone loves Celine... and the recent interview in the Independent with Pheobe Philo which highlights her disregard of media coverage pre and during any of the presentations reveals a refreshing point of view:


"Do you hate being interviewed?"
"Yes."
"Why?"
"I just feel it's really unnecessary."
"But it's a requirement of the job?"
"It is. But I think that the clothes say it all much better than I can. I always find it strange after a show when everybody comes backstage and says: 'What was it all about'? It's like: 'You've just seen it. What do you mean?' My instinct is to say: 'What did you think? What did you get from it?' And yet they want you to fill in even more.


"To me, the show is quite a complete story. There's nothing more for me to say and, anyway, it doesn't matter what it was meant to say. It's out there. It can be whatever anyone watching it thought it was, surely."
"Once the show has happened there's no need to control any image," she says, "but I don't like the idea of people sending out images before we've even done it. We don't allow anyone to do that. I don't like all that 'model backstage standing around having her picture taken in a stupid pose'." 

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Tiny Treasures



This is sand!
Magnified over 250 times the normal scale and photographed these images are of humble grains of sand.
"It is incredible to think when you are walking on the beach you are standing on these tiny treasures"
Professor Gary Greenberg spent 5 years searching the globe to collect these beautiful specimens.
You can see more on his website sandgrains.com.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Going Public

























As part of my day job, Accessories Editor at Stylesight, and the continuous fight against mediocrity in accessories coverage I started a blog.
Stylesight is a subscription based platform for the fashion industry, but good news! The blog is public!
Take a look ...................www.blog.stylesight.com/accessories

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Happy Birthday Susie

























Today is the BIRTHDAY of my very best trans-atlantic friend Susie.
She recently moved to L.A. to leave me to fend for myself in London.
I wish I was out there with her today, but alas no, I have to appease myself with her brilliant blog instead.
Amongst other things he is a stripe t-shirt OCD sufferer, and I know will appreciate this image, which I have been saving up.

Anyway HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSIE!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

retro sport

air jordan earring - yes please - courtesy of Blood Orange

Monday, 13 June 2011

VERSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHEEEEEEEE



I've been talking about crowns and tiaras at work for a while, and now that I've seen this!!! I am on a mission to find one, and an occasion to wear it!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Can't wait til November







My friend turned me onto the November Books tumblr, which has become todays obsession, and went straight to the top of my favourites. Sublime.

www.november-books.tumblr.com

Teenager Times


This looks great. I always find it strange to think that the concept of being a teenager was created as late as the 1950s....

Thursday, 9 June 2011

*c*o*v*e*t*





random things lurking around my desktop, from top; new Christian Lacroix sunglasses, Fred Butler customised denim jacket, Carven velvet bra, amazing vintage clutch seen on tales of endearment blog, and some puffy leather sandals, by whom, I can't remember **Bernhard Willhelm - thanks to Gemma**.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Number (N)ine revival

















Cult, short-lived Japanese menswear label Number (N)ine has made a rare and exciting appearance at London concept and online store LN-CC, in the form of an archive sale. The collection is pretty extensive and can be bought on-line as well as in-store, featuring some of the most recognisable pieces from the past
I first came across the label a few years ago in Tokyo, and seeing the pieces up close confirmed the accolades bestowed on designer Tabahiro Miyashita by my menswear afficionado friends.


www.ln-cc.com

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Hannah Martin's Men























I love these images from Hannah Martin's latest men's jewellery collection, so perfect.
via Style Salvage

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Groupies












 Last night I watched the 70s documentary, 'Grouipes', after much hype and anticipating mega outfit inspiration to be honest it wasn't all that great. The girls came off as CRAZY and the extended band performances were a bit surplus to requirements, but it sent me off on a google mission this morning, where I found some amazing images.
My favourite groupie in the film was Miss Harlow, pictured in the last 2 photos, her beyond backcombed hair, 20s ephemera and spaced out attitude were entrancing and intriguing.
If you haven't read it the Pamela De Barres autobiography 'I'm With The Band' is a great insight into the scene and the girls surrounding all those rock stars.